Mike Toth (189 pounds) overcame a 2-0 deficit with his first-period pin of Old Mill's Ben Hines to give No. 5 Broadneck an insurmountable 12-point lead in an eventual 33-27 victory last night at Broadneck.
Toth's effort offset a pin by Old Mill's Chris Riggins (Hwt., 15-4) as the Bruins (12-1, 10-0) gained the inside track to the Anne Arundel County crown. Defending 3A-4A state champ Old Mill dropped to (6-4, 6-2).
"We had figured it would come down to me or heavyweight, and even when I was down, 2-0, I was thinking pin," said Toth (8-2, seven pins), in his fifth match back from a rib injury.
Old Mill led, 12-0, after the first three bouts. Chris Combs (103, 20-2) survived being put on his back to notch his 15th fall in 3:33 over Reese Donner (10-4). Jarod Marquardt (112, 17-3) overcame a 2-0 deficit for a 4-3 win over Dave DeSabla (18-3), and Gary Ardis (119) overcame a third-period 4-3 deficit against Ben Helbig to win, 9-4, nearly pinning Helbig as time elapsed.
"I hate the phrase, moral victory, but down low, we did wrestle well," Old Mill coach Mike Hampe said.
But a 9-0 decision by Matt Ormsby (125) began a streak of five straight Bruin wins as they pulled ahead, 21-12. Todd Betz (130, 16-3) scored his ninth fall in 5:26, Julian Tai (135, 17-4) survived a near-pin to beat Rich Sampson, 10-5, No. 2-ranked Lonnie Donner (140, 15-1) outmuscled Gary Serago (18-3) by 8-0, and Scott Hughes (145) drubbed Eric DeCosmo, 15-1.
A 5-3 decision by Old Mill's Mike George (152) and a critical fall by Glen Webster (160) with 47 seconds left tied the match at 21, but Old Mill yielded a forfeit to Aaron Lawson (171, 9-2), setting up Toth.
It's the first time in his 21 seasons that Hampe (226-32-3) has lost four times in a year. Hampe's Patriots have won a state-record six of the last seven state tournament titles, including an unprecedented five straight through 1992- 93. Old Mill has won 13 county dual meet crowns, including the last seven straight since being second in 1987-88, when Arundel won it outright. Old Mill shared the crown with Annapolis and Broadneck three years ago.
"It's nice, but they're not the typical team Old Mill has had, but it was nice to beat Old Mill," said Broadneck coach John Mayberry.